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Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind) Sep 20, 2019

Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind)

(filtered content from Yoga Makaranda I: The Essence of Yoga AND Yoga Makaranda II)

NOTE: in my later readings from other sources, it would seem that vayu and prana are one and the same. Prior to that, I thought that prana was the vital energy and vayu was the wind that moves prana.

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Vayu (or Prana Vayu as a collective name) is not widely known in yoga, but I keep encountering this word as I do my readings in yoga and pranayama. How does it complement asana, pranayama and meditation? Is it a must-include in my yogic routine? Just how powerful is vayu and how can I make use of it? Too many questions. Fortunately, I stumbled upon 2 books by Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya - Yoga Makaranda I & II, to help me understand this esoteric vayu. If there is one yogi I trust the most, it's Krishnamacharya. His book is definitely one I would refer to for anything yoga.

Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind)

Vayu (wind)
Vayu (sometimes referred to as Prana Vayu as a collective name for the 10 vayus, of which, one of them is also called prana vayu - confusing) is a powerful energetic wind within our body that is responsible for life itself. When Prana Vayu leaves the body, all bodily functions cease - we die. Prana Vayu is superior to all spiritual and sensory faculties (indriya).

  1. When breathing thru the mouth, Prana Vayu escapes and this shortens our lives. (Perhaps why we breathe through our nose in yoga?)
  2. Control of the Prana Vayu thru pranayama can extend life to 100 years.
  3. Stomach should be 1/2 food, 1/4 water and 1/4 air for vayu to flow. Never get the tummy overfull with food. (Mitahara)
  4. Appropriate vayus should be in their appropriate nadis. Death can occur if this is violated. E.g. - Apana Vayu should not go above the navel chakra.
  5. Even when taking medicines, if the vayu is not flowing, the medicines cannot take effect. However, when the Vayu Samcharam flows, there won't even be a need for medicines
  6. Pranayama causes the Vayu Samcharam to flow and clean the nadis, unblocking them for unobstructed energy flow.
  7. Vayus reside in the gross physical body in their respective nadis, clearing/cleaning all blockages through pranayama and asana.
  8. Overgrowth of muscles can cause blockage or displace the vayus and cause disease.
  9. The vayus flow through 72,000 nadis in the body. All these nadis fall under the umbrella of 7 nadis - ida, pingala, rudra, poosha, yasasvini, kuhu and sushumna.

10 Types of Vayu
The 5 major vayus:

  1. Prana Vayu - resides in the heart and controls respiration. It expells all unwanted impurities out of the body and takes in clean air from the outside to keep the Jathara agni burning. In uddiyana bandha, Prana Vayu is redirected to the sushumna (good to visualize this while doing Uddiyana bandha). Doing yoni mudra, inhaling then antara kumbhaka, unites Prana Vayu with Apana Vayu which bring about samadhi. Also in padmasana, inhale and hold Prana Vayu in the stomach, then kumbhaka, then uddiyana bandha, pressing the Prana Vayu towards the spine, this redirects energy from 72,000 nadis towards the Muladhara, awakens the kundalini and kundalini takes the passage to sushumna...samadhi ensues. Prana Vayu (Pranic Wind)
  2. Apana Vayu - resides below the navel, down to the Muladhara Chakra and enjoined at the rectum. It flushes out body waste (sweat, feces and urine) out of the body and keeps the body active and energetic. Seated forward-bends with pulled abdomen clean the apana vayu and awakens the Kundalini.
  3. Vyana Vayu - pervades all over the body and responsible for optimizing the flesh, bone marrow, blood, fat, tissues, etc. It distributes energy from food and air intake.
  4. Udana Vayu - resides in the throat and optimizes vocal cords, voice, gives roundness to body and controls intake of air and food.
  5. Samana Vayu - resides in the navel and aids in digestion via the agni (fire)

    The 5 minor vayus:
  6. Naga Vayu - resides in the tongue and relieves abdominal pressure through belching
  7. Kurma Vayu - resides in the eyelids for blinking to protect the eyes from dirt and too much light
  8. Krkara Vayu - for blowing the nose/sneezing/coughing to prevent unwanted substances from going through the nasal passages and down the throat
  9. Devadatta Vayu - for yawning to add extra oxygen to a tired body
  10. Dhananjaya Vayu - permeates the body and stays up to 96 mins after death. This also causes a corpse to bloat

Ending Thoughts
From the foregoing, it would seem that controlling prana vayu is the objective. And yoga asana and pranayama (particularly kumbhaka - breath holds) are key to keeping the vayus in control and flowing. With energized vayu, health is optimized, life is prolonged and even Samadhi is possible.

Particularly useful to me from all I've learned about the vayu, is a kriya where after the exhale, when the lungs are empty, I hold the breath (bahya kumbhaka) while engaging the 3 bandhas (uddiyana, moola and jalandara bandha). This pushes the apana vayu up and pushes the prana vayu down, where they meet. The kumbhaka generates heat (Jhatara Agni). Prana from 72,000 nadis are redirected towards the Muladhara, awakens the sleeping Kundalini which finds its way to the central nadi, the Sushumna. As prana vayu goes up the Sushumna and passes through the other chakras, psychic powers develop (whether you like it or not). At some point, when prana vayu reaches the Sahasrara Chakra, Samadhi ensues.

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important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
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hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
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birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
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Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai WELLNESS
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USEFUL INFORMATION

Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • crop-burning season in Chiang Mai is between late Feb to early April. But laws change everytime. This year, 2019, there is a 61-day ban on burning so the farmers started burning early. When my plane was approaching Chiang Mai on Jan 24, 2019, there was already a thick blanket of smog covering the entire city (and beyond). But within the city itself, you won't feel it (but that doesn't mean the air is healthy). To monitor air conditions in real time, refer to site: Chiang Mai Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI)
  • hot season begins March and lasts until June
  • wet season begins July and lasts until September
  • best time to visit Chiang Mai is mid-September to mid-February - after the monsoon and before the burning
  • you have to try Khao Soi, this is north Thailand's culinary staple
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a red cab (songthao) outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • shared red taxi (songthao) - B30 standard fare plying all over Old City
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session, Blues on Sundays by the 11pm band
  2. Taphae East - 88 Thapae Rd. (just north of Night Bazaar). Fridays at 9:30pm by Chiang Mai Blues Band
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar. Mondays at 9:30pm is open mic
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Bus from Loei to Chiang Mai
  1. From Loei town center, take a tuk-tuk ride to the bus station, B30. There is only one bus station.
  2. As of June 28, 2020 (still on Covid schedule), there are only 3 night trips: 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 12 midnight. 9 hours, B470.
  3. The bus makes the following stops at the following times from a 9pm Loei departure: Phu Ruea (9:50pm), Phitsanulok (12:40am), Uttradit (2:20am), Lampang (4:35am)
  4. Final bus stop is at the Red Bus Arcade, Chiang Mai, 9 hour-trip, arriving 6am (from 9pm Loei departure).
  5. Take a red songthaew to Old City, B50. They'll try to charge you B100, but they'll take B50 (just assure the driver you won't tell the other passengers).
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  5. Yoga Class for Optimum Digestion July 29, 2020
  6. Yoga Class for Healthy Eyes Jul 27, 2020
  7. Hippie Night at Nawa Saraan Healing Space July 24, 2020
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  13. Coming Back to Chiang Mai Jun 29, 2020
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  60. Ling Mudra Oct 17, 2019
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Travel Tips for Thailand

How to Get a 60-Day Thai Tourist Visa and then Extend by another 30 Days

    60-Day Thai Tourist Visa

    NOTE: There is no need to go back to your country to get the Thai tourist visa. Any major city with a Thai Embassy will do. Apparently there is also no need to have an invitation from a Thai establishment to justify the visa.

  1. Bring the following to the Thai embassy:
    a) proof of money (bank statement will suffice)
    b) flight booking to Thailand
    c) onward flight back to your country from Thailand
    d) filled-in tourist visa form
    e) 2 passport pictures
    f) hotel booking in Thailand (they didn't ask me for this but better be safe)
    g) passport with at least 6 months validity
  2. After handing over all the documents, they will ask you to come pick your passport with the visa the following day from 4 to 5pm. That's it!
  3. NOTE: after 2 successful attempts, I was already questioned the 3rd time.

    30-Day Extension

    NOTE: When your 60-day visa is close to expiry and you want to extend your stay. No need to leave Thailand.

  1. bring the following to the Immigration Office:
    a) passport (make sure your Tourist Visa hasn't expired yet)
    b) Baht 1900
    c) photocopy of your passport + visa duration date stamp + TM6 card (white immigration card) and sign all the copies
    d) completed TM7 visa extension form (available at the Immigration Office)
    e) one 4cmx6cm passport picture
  2. submit the above to the Front Desk. They will give you a stub with your number on it. Take a seat and wait for your number to be called
  3. when your number is called, your picture will be taken. Then go back to your seat. They will call you again.
  4. when they call you again, they'll give you your passport with your extended visa. That's it!
  5. when there are no lines, the whole process can take only 10 minutes
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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